Hey everyone! I'm a second year teacher this year... I had an amazing group of kids last year and was so blessed to have them to help me ease into my teaching career. Well, the same can't be said for this year. I have this one student that makes me flipping crazy. It wasn't until the 100th day of school that I pretty much gave up. He has behavior issues first of all, and he's incredibly low on top of that. (Yes I understand the two can be related-- that's not my concern here.) My issue is that he flat out does not care 97% of the time. That other 3% he's BRILLIANT. Okay, not genius, but engaged, motivated, tender-hearted and kind. I sing his praises up and down when I rarely get this behavior from him. I write notes home talking about how great he his. I've even stopped our P in the hallway to tell her in front of him what a good job he's doing. Without fail, by the end of the day, he's obnoxious again. I really helped him the first half of the year but started to ween him off my help since the rest of my class can (and should be able to) do the work on their own. If you are not holding this kid's hand through everything, he just doesn't care. I told him I'm willing to help him here and there or with tough words because I know reading is hard for him (did I mention I tutor him once a week and spend 45 minutes with him daily in an intensive reading group with only 4 other students in it..?) but if it's not being read to him, forget it. I've explained to both him and his parents that I'm willing to help him when he puts forth some effort first. Okay this is getting long winded...bottom line-- his parents put no importance on his education (the zinger-- this is a charter school they CHOSE to bring their child to), his dad can't read and told him in front of his first grade teacher that it's okay he can't read, and he doesn't care that he's going to be retained because he "did first grade twice and momma don't care." At this point, I'm literally about to throw my hands up in the air and say screw it because he's going to be doing 2nd grad again next year anyway (and I'm being offered a technology position so I won't have to deal with him.) This makes me sound like a horrible human being, but I don't want to go to work because of this kid. I've got a tough bunch this year, but him added to the mix is almost more than I can handle. (I did my student teaching in an urban school-- I've handled a lot for being a young teacher.) Please help me-- if I can't help him, how can I at least tolerate him for the next 60 days of school? Bah. Thanks everyone.